One day I was at my local Redbox facility and I saw a title of a film that caught my attention to the point that I just had to rent the film. The name of the film is called No Men Beyond This Point and it’s a mockumentary. Think about this scenario for a second and you’ll understand what the film is about. What if we lived in a world where women no longer needed men to be able to reproduce recreating the Virgin Mary effect. In effect because women are able to do this, the male race faces the possibility of extinction. That is exactly the dilemma that the world’s youngest male Andrew (Patrick Gilmore) who is 37 years old faces as he is the last of his kind to have been born. The film follows his struggle every day as his gender faces the idea of extinction. The film also stars Kristine Cofsky (When Life Was Good) as Iris, Tara Pratt (The Red Rooster) as Terra, Morgan Taylor Campbell (Pretty Little Addict) as Dahlia Granger, Rekha Sharma (Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem) as Ajala Bhatt, Enid-Raye Adams (Final Destination 2) as WGC Spokeswoman, Ken Kramer (Littleman) as Gordon Trescott, and the film was directed by Mark Sawers (Camera Shy).
To say the least, the film is a very in depth look into a world that I do not want to live in because sex is not allowed since women can reproduce on their own and men are kept in what they call sanctuaries. The film does offer some interesting insight though because if women ruled the planet, would there be need for armies? Imagine if someone was in a coma for a long time and when they woke up, you sowed them this film, they would star questioning everything. The film does a very good job with setting up various organizations like the WGC,etc. They do an amazing job offering you insight as to why men are disappearing due to the fact that Y chromosome can no longer penetrate the egg. Yeah, as you can see there was a lot that went into this film and it’s very cool. Some may take this film as feminist propaganda, but let’s remember that it was written by a man. Not that it means anything, but I don’t think it was feminist propaganda. I’m so juvenile, but one of my favorite parts in the film was a simple sign towards the end that read “Give Dicks A Chance”. I also loved how the leader of the MLO (it stands for Men’s Liberation something) sounds like a typical guy throughout the film, but at the end he doesn’t seem that crazy anymore. This was a very well written, cleverly funny film that is worth checking out in my opinion. That is why I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.
I was scrolling through the HBOGO catalog looking for a film that I wanted to watch and I landed o a film that I have been meaning to watch for quite some time now. The film I chose for today is a mockumentary called What We Do In The Shadows. The film follows four vampires Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham) who live together in a house in the modern world. The friends are being followed around by a camera crew as they learn to adapt in the world, but soon things will change for them. You see a hipster named Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) gets bitten and he makes things difficult for the friends as new challenges present themselves daily. The film also stars Stu Rutherford (Eagle Vs Shark) as Stu, Jackie van Beek (Just Like The Others) as Jackie, Elena Stejko (Rain) as Pauline Ivanovich – The Beast, Chelsie Preston Crayford (The Mystery Of A Hanson Cab) as Josephine, Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords) as Anton – Werewolf, Cohen Holloway (Good For Nothing) as Dion- werewolf, Jason Hoyte (The Insatiable Moon) as Julian, and the film was directed by both Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
I wanted to start off by saying that I thought the film was hilarious at times as the crew provided plenty of laughs. The film is funny because sometimes the most ridiculous can just be funny and that is cool. There were scenes where the guys were so out of place in society that it was hilarious to watch. Seeing the way they interact with each other on screen is another funny part especially the vampire fights. I supposed if you love Flight Of The Conchords, then you know what to expect and you’ll probably love it too. One of my favorite vampires in the film was played by Jemaine Clement, there was just something so outrageous about his look that made him both funny and cool. I especially love the segment when he talks about the beast which believe me you will learn about it. One of my other favorite interactions came with the human known as Stu, those are some classic scenes because the guys just love him. If you are a fan of mockumentaries, horror comedies, or films that don’t take themselves too serious then you’ll love this one because it’s fun to watch. It also pokes friendly fun at all of your favorite horror genres from vampires, zombies, and werewolves. I enjoyed it a lot and like I said above, it’s available on HBOGO as we speak. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.
There are moments that happen in the world that are just magical and if you don’t capitalize then you lose out. The Lonely Island was one of those moments that Andy Samberg (Hot Rod) needed to capitalize on and he did just that with today’s film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The mockumentary style film follows former Style Bros member Connor4Real (Samberg) as he is about to embark on one of the biggest world tours of his career alongside his best friend Owen (Jorma Taccone) and his other 32 members of his entourage. Soon though, Connor will learn that fame doesn’t last forever as the problems begin to pour in for the popstar. He’ll have to dig in deep to try and figure out a way back to the top, but that could mean conjuring up some skeletons in the closet. The film also stars Akiva Schaffer (The Watch) as Lawrence, Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph) as Paula, Tim Meadows (Mean Girls) as Harry, Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) as Deborah, Joan Cusack (Say Anything…) as Tilly, Imogen Poots (Need For Speed) as Ashley, Chris Redd (Empire) as Hunter, and the film features cameos from Ringo Starr, Usher, 50 Cent, RZA, Nas, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Mario Lopez, Simon Cowell, and so many more.
If I had to find the right way to describe this film in one sentence it would be that the film is this generation’s This Is Spinal Tap or CB4. What This Is Spinal Tap did for the 80’s, CB4 did for the 90’s, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is going to do the same for this generation that worships popstars who do not write their own material and take themselves way too serious. The film itself was based off of Justin Bieber’s life according to one report that I read and it certainly makes sense after seeing the film. Just as This Is Spinal Tap had hilarious and outrageous songs, this film certainly had it and they were hilarious. One of my favorite songs from the film is Finest Girl (Bin Laden), the song is so outrageous that I couldn’t stop laughing, but I was also singing along too. There’s also plenty of funny moments in the film like Justin Timberlake’s cameo as Connor’s soft spoken personal chef and some of the testimony from the celebrity cameos. One of the scenes that I thought was funny at first, but then in my opinion they dragged it out too long was the CMZ (instead of TMZ) segments. It was cool at first like I said, but they kept the joke going too long in one of the scenes leaving me wanting them to move on. They also tried hard to put in some drama in the film like Connor hitting rock bottom, but even that was too funny not to laugh at like Seal getting attacked by wolves. Nonetheless, I am proclaiming that this is a contender for Comedy Movie Of The Year in the Monster Entertainment Awards next year. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade because I loved it for what it was.